1979 California Water Atlas Now Online

Image from The California Water Atlas

The David Rumsey Map Collection announces the online availability of The California Water Atlas, “a monument of 20th century cartographic publishing.”

When the atlas came out in 1979, it got rave reviews from both historians and scientists. Charles Wollenberg, writing in the California Historical Quarterly, called it “a very big and beautiful book … well-written, spectacularly illustrated, and filled with useful information for expert and layman alike … an indispensable sourcebook for decades to come.” The Quarterly Review of Biology said it was “a major reference work of interest to applied ecologists concerned with water supply and usage and to ecologists in general in California.” Over 30 years old, the atlas is still fresh and germane to today’s issues and no doubt will be so for a long time to come.